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Depending on whether you would like to apply for a small grant to help your group with running costs, or if you are looking for a larger grant to help with your project idea, there are lots of different funding pots available.  Please see the list below for some of the funding opportunities that are available.  Alternatively there are other organisations who can help and support you with bid writing and funding news, these are as follows:

Hull CVS –

East Riding Voluntary Action Services –

Hull City Council –


Small Grants – £500 or less

Hull Community Development Grants

The Rank Foundation together with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has launched the Hull Community Development Programme Activity Grant and are looking for Hull groups to apply. The grants are estimated to be around £500 and will be approved by a local decision-making panel.

Some of our member groups have been successful at receiving this grant, so please don’t hesitate and follow the link below to access the quick and simple application form.

Deadline: All through the year

Persimmons Community Champions

Persimmon Community Champions helps fund good causes across the UK.  Their charity match programme gives donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves.  

It’s simple to apply for a donation.  All you need to do is complete the online form, telling them why your group or charity deserves their donation.  In your application, make sure you tell them how much you have already raised and how much you want them to donate. 

Deadline: Applications accepted every month.  Charities and groups who are unsuccessful can apply again.

Boost Charitable

Boost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to Build On Over-Looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport.

Boost believes that sport is for everyone, and they hope to work with people from all ages, race, colours, creeds and physical abilities.  Grant applications are up to £500 and the application is by letter or e-mail, please visit the website for more information.

Deadline: Applications accepted all year round and can take up to 2 months for a decision.

The Chestnut Fund – grants for

The Chestnut Fund is an independent charity, making grants available to encourage and enable community groups to carry out conservation activities. The grants are administered by The Conservation Volunteers.

The grants fall into two categories:

Start-up grants

These are for groups who have no money when they are first set up and are available to groups in their first year of existence. The grant will enable them to begin practical work and will cover administrative expenses, e.g. postage, publicity, hire of meeting rooms, telephone bills and/or the first year of The Conservation Volunteers Community Network Membership plus Insurance fees. The maximum grant will be £150.

Support grants

These are for groups who have no money for tools, equipment and training. Preference will be given to resources selected from The Conservation Volunteers sources. This grant is available to all groups, regardless of how long they have been constituted. (Groups within their first year can apply for both the start-up grant and the support grant). The maximum grant will be £350.

Please note that in order to apply, the group must return the form to their local TCV office for approval before it can be processed. 

Deadline: All year round.  The Chestnut Fund committee meet every 6 weeks to discuss new applications.


Small to Medium Grants – up to £1,500

The North of England Horticultural Society Fund –

Grants of between £100 and £1,500 are available for gardening projects and activities in the community that improve the local landscape.

The 2017 awards are focused on:
•Improving our Landscape – up to £1,500, available to voluntary and community groups and charities who can demonstrate a clear need for grant funding.
•Grow and Learn – up to £500, available to primary and secondary schools, after school groups, parent groups, college groups and institutions of further education who can demonstrate a clear need for grant funding.

Deadline: 3rd July 2017 (This fund is open once a year)


Medium Grants – up to £5,000

Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust –

Grants are available to registered charities for projects that benefit Yorkshire through the relief of need, particularly those related to youth, old age, welfare and medicine.

Most grants range from £3,000 to £5,000

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings which take place in March, June, September and December. 

Deadline: The last Friday in January, April, July and October. 

Laing Family

The Laing Family Trusts supports a wide range of charities engaged in promoting Christian faith and values and in the relief of poverty (interpreted in its broadest sense), both in the UK and overseas.

It will offer direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society; including the homeless, the elderly, former servicemen and women, ex-offenders, people with physical mental and learning difficulties, training and development of young people and small scale overseas development projects.

Grants can be upto £5,000.  Application is by letter with an accompanied concise proposal, please visit the website for more information.

Deadline: Applications accepted all year round

Stop Loan

Local charities, community groups, organisations and schools are being encouraged to bid for up to £5,000 of proceeds of crime money, to spend on a project of their choice which will help combat unscrupulous loan sharks.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have put forward multiple pots of £5,000 to fund projects that will assist in raising awareness of loan sharks, in the hope of preventing more people from falling victim of these criminals.

For more information about this funding scheme and to receive an electronic application form, please contact LIAISE Manager Cath Williams on

Deadline: The closing date for applications is Friday 30th June 2017.  This fund is open once a year.


Medium to Large Grants – up to £15,000

Community4Grants –

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities. The identified priority groups for our region are as follows;
•Disadvantaged geographical areas
•People with disabilities and health conditions
•Lone parents
•People aged 50 and over
•People from ethnic minorities

However applications will be considered from any community that can evidence deprivation, for example homeless people and ex-offenders.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £15,000 are available.


Large Grants – over £15,000

Power to Change – Community Business Fund –

Power to Change is providing the new £10 million Community Business Fund to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England to help more people respond to local need and opportunity, and change the places in which they live for the better.

Grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 will be available over three funding rounds to help existing locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term.

Deadline:  Opens 7th June 2017, deadline 5th July 2017